Prince’s Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dead at 43

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Sad news for Prince fans….


John Blackwell Jr. — who toured with Prince as his drummer for over a decade — died Tuesday.

John’s wife, Yaritza said he died peacefully in her company. She said, “Thanks God for his life and thanks everyone for their support.”

The cause of death is unknown but Blackwell battled a brain tumor last year after undergoing a battery of tests at a hospital in Japan. Yaritza setup a GoFundMe page last July … and as of date it’s raised over $78,000 to help cover medical expenses.


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Prince’s Drummer John Blackwell Jr. Dead at 43

John Blackwell Jr., who toured with Prince for over a decade, died Tuesday.

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